Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) is an international, volunteer-led group aiming to improve awareness of Development Language Disorder (DLD). Having DLD (previously known as Specific Language Impairment or SLI) means that a child or young person has severe, persistent difficulties understanding or using spoken language. These children do not to acquire their own language for no obvious reason and it affects people around the world regardless of age, gender, language spoken, or ethnicity.
Despite its prevalence, DLD is one of the most poorly recognised and understood disorders of childhood. On average, 2 students in every class of 30 have DLD and are at significant risk of struggling with reading, spelling, and maths. Students with DLD find it difficult to articulate their ideas and feelings but can succeed at school when they are identified and supported. RADLD believe it’s important that everyone understands the lived experience of DLD and are working to raise awareness through videos, social media, global events, and DLD Awareness Days.